MDA to modernize another UK local authority land information service

    RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it will receive $2 million CAD to modernize the processing of land
information requests coming from the National Land Information Service (NLIS)
to Babergh District Council in Eastern England.
    The NLIS modernization initiative aims to significantly decrease response
time for land and property information requests to Local Authorities. As part
of this initiative, Babergh District Council will enable requests coming from
NLIS to be processed primarily on an electronic basis, dramatically reducing
the delivery time. The project has other significant benefits in the
modernization of land and property information and systems, including enhanced
interfaces and mapping facilities, as well as improving the efficiency of the
Land Charge Service in Babergh and speeding up the search process.
    Other Local Authorities that are undergoing, or have undergone,
modernization through MDA's NLIS program in the U.K. include Slough,
Liverpool, Telford & Wrekin, South Norfolk, Canterbury, Sandwell, Waveney,
Bolton, Redcar and Cleveland, Bromsgrove and Stockport.

    About MDA

    MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast
amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision
making and operational performance of business and government organizations
    Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions,
ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to
electronic information products.
    MDA employs more than 3,000 people in locations across the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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    Forward-Looking Statements
    This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with
respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of
operations could differ materially from historical results or current
expectations.  Additional information on these and other potential factors
that could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from
time to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
    or content of this release.

For further information:

For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)

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